How can I include comfort food in my diabetes meal plan?


The most popular comfort foods contain lots of carbohydrate and fat (think macaroni and cheese), leaving one to wonder how to include them into a diabetes meal plan. You can include starchy foods, but make it count.

When you reach for comfort foods, make your carbs count by selecting the most nutrient-dense choices and keeping your portions small. Sweet potatoes, barley, brown rice and whole wheat pasta are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber and are perfect to add to your meal. To gauge a small portion, keep about 1/4 of your plate for starchy foods—with a depth of about the thickness of your palm. Keeping the portions small allows you to enjoy your favorites and manage blood glucose levels.

Have a favorite white-flour-based recipe like zucchini bread or pancakes? Get creative with your own recipes and try substituting from 1/4 up to 1/2 the white flour with whole wheat flour to make your favorite comfort foods more wholesome.

For other food groups featured in comfort food options, like dairy, try choosing lower-fat products to save on calories.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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